“Preach My Gospel”

“Preach My Gospel”

This is what the voice told me.

I have been dealing with fear over being more open about my faith, largely because of the state our country is in and how much more risky it has become to be passionate about our beliefs.

While it is not an irrational fear, it is something that should not paralyze us with fear.

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Shutting Up the Divine

“The Divine does not like to be shut up in a building. The Divine likes to be out in the open.” – Morihei Ueshiba

This quote is from the founder of Aikido, a non-resistant martial arts form that teaches redirection rather than self-defense, wearing an opponent down instead of injuring them.

Morihei also believed that the Divine, the God of Peace, lives in each and every one of us and that each of us is a temple, a shrine, for the Divine and we are to train to reflect the Divine in this world.

Sound familiar?

“Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God?” – 1 Corinthians 6:19

However, one of the biggest faults that Morihei felt was being committed by religious institutions of his day was shutting up the Divine in a building.

This is a serious fault in our churches today.

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Are There Still Prophets?

“Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives-especially the ability to prophesy…one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them…one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church…if all of you are prophesying, and unbelievers or people who don’t understand these things come into your meeting, they will be convicted of sin and judged by what you say. As they listen, their secret thoughts will be exposed, and they will fall to their knees and worship God, declaring, ‘God is truly here among you.'” – 1 Corinthians 14:1, 3-4, 24-25

During my theology class at Liberty University, I came across this statement by Professor Elmer Towns, author of Theology for Today:

“Today, we do not believe that there are prophets in the church, at least anyone who holds the office of the prophets…no one is a prophet today with the ability to receive a divine revelation and communicate it to the church today.”

Professor Towns actually states that the prophecy today coincides with preaching. The modern day “prophets” only have the gift to persuade, encourage and rebuke, but not receive visions or messages from God.

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